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'In The Birds Nest' - 28/01/08


Welcome to the very latest 'In The Birds Nest', a jam-packed edition with all the hottest venue changes, fixture updates and player movements from within Moroka Swallows.

VENUE CHANGES:

Due to the non-availability of our home ground, Germiston Stadium, we have opted to play four of our Absa Premiership games at Olenpark Stadium in Potchefstroom.

We regret the fact that this move will inconvenience most of our supporters who already travel long distances to our games. We do, however, promise to negotiate discounted traveling cost where possible.

The following are the affected home games:
Wednesday, February 13, 2008: Orlando Pirates at 7.30pm
Wednesday, February 20, 2008: Santos at 3.30pm
Sunday, March 9, 2008: Thanda Royal Zulu at 3.30pm
Sunday, April 6, 2008: Kaizer Chiefs at 3.30pm

PLAYER MOVEMENTS:
 
The following players have been signed during the current signing on month (January 2008).

They are:
Alfred Phiri (Midfielder): Six months, plus one-year option.
Siph'esihle Ngobese (Right winger): Two years, plus one-year option
Siphamandla Vilakazi (Midfielder): Two years, plus one-year option
Brent Geyer (Defender): Six months, plus one-year option

New contract: Lefa Tsutsulupa has signed a new contract to serve the club for another four years.  

We have lost Bevan Fransman: After every attempt of keeping him, we could not keep Bevan Fransman who has left the Club for Ashdod FC who play in Israel's Premier League. We are very sad to have lost a player of his calibre as he has served us with dignity during his stay. We wish him well in his future endeavours.

BOTSWANA VISIT:

Our senior team visited Botswana where they played two of the best teams in country. On Friday, January 25, 2007 we beat Mochudi Centre Chiefs by one goal to zero, and on Saturday we won 4-1 against Extension Gunners.

SEARCH FOR A NEW PRO CONTINUES:

Moroka Swallows' Management will begin means and ways of finding a young and vibrant personality to be the PRO of the club. The main responsibilities will include: Media & Communications, Social Responsibility, Sales & Marketing, Merchandise, Club events, Supporters Club & Ticketing.

Suitable candidates need to have the necessary experience and be streetwise.

CV's can be forwarded to Olga at or by faxing them to (021) 425 7614. Otherwise, email Sipho at or fax him on (011) 484 2727.

FIRST TEAM FIXTURES:

Absa Premiership:

Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Olenpark Stadium (Potchefstroom)
Moroka Swallows FC vs Orlando Pirates FC at 19h30

Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Olenpark Stadium (Potchefstroom)
Moroka Swallows FC vs Santos FC at 15h30

LADIES TEAM:

Results:
Happy Hearts FC 0 Moroka Swallows FC 0
Moroka Swallows FC 4 Nigel 0

Fixtures:

League games:

February 2, 2008
Mohlakeng Stadium
Parma Ladies FC vs Moroka Swallows FC at 1pm

February 10, 2008
Delville Sports Grounds
Moroka Swallows FC vs Palace Super Falcons FC at 11am

Injury list:
Megan Brown
Rosa Nzima
Thuli Ndlela

SUPPORTERS CLUB:

Reminding the 'Birds': All card carrying members who have not upgraded their membership are reminded that they can only do so before February 29, 2008. From the March 1 all NON-upgraded memberships will no longer be active and will require the full membership fee of R80 to be activated.

Meetings:

Sunday, February 3, 2008:

Bloemfontein branch:
Vulamasango Secondary School, Rockland at 10am
Contact Person Walter on 072 308 1751

Sharpville branch:
Masuna Papa at 9am

Sebokeng branch:
Batloung Primary School Zone 14 at 9am
Contact person Bra Zakes on 016 592 5322

Potchefstroom branch:
Phola Park Tavern 10533 Sarafina street ext 6 at 10am
Contact person: Gift 078 433 1297

NEWS
- Xulu - 'Buy your tickets early'
- Swallows unbeaten in Botswana
- Geyer relishes 'big city' move
- Gorowa pleased with 'Birds' progress
- Swallows beat United on penalties
For more information please visit
www.vw.co.za

February 13
Absa Premiership:
Swallows v Pirates
KO: 7.30pm
Venue: Olenpark Stadium

February 20
Absa Premiership:
Swallows v Santos
KO: 7.30pm
Venue: Olenpark Stadium

December 21
Absa Premiership:
Lost 0-1 v Wits
Venue: BidVest Stadium

December 16
Absa Premiership:
Won 3-2 v AmaZulu
Venue: Germiston Stadium

December 12
Absa Premiership:
Won 2-0 v FS Stars
Venue: Goble Park

December 9
Absa Premiership:
Won 6-2 P Stars
Venue: Germiston Stadium

POLL
Bevan is staying in the nest! Your views?

Great news - we can continue to build around him!
 79%
Wonderful, but there is too much pressure on him.
 4%
It doesn't matter, as I was already resigned to losing him...
 18%